Archive for the 'Bangkok' Category

Oct 23 2012

Review: Shades of Retro, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

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In Bangkok, furniture and tat stores seem to go hand in hand with cool drinking venues. The city is full of them, and Shades of Retro is one of the coolest. While the location is always advertised as being on Thong Lo Soi 18, those in the know will know it’s actually a little further … read the full post

Oct 22 2012

Review: Royal India Restaurant, Bangkok

Published by under Food

Royal India's specialty sweets on display outside.

Some of Bangkok’s best food is found in nondescript hole-in-the-wall restaurants and markets hiding behind high-rises. Tucked down a dark alley near Sri Guru Singh Sabah Sikh temple in Pahurat, tiny Royal India Restaurant is yet another diamond in the rough that takes a little effort to find but rewards those who appreciate real Indian … read the full post

Oct 17 2012

Vegetarian Festival in Bangkok’s Chinatown

Published by under Festivals

Vegan noodles from a Chinatown vendor who typically sells meat.

As Asian countries go, Thailand is not an easy one in which to be a vegetarian or vegan. Yet for nine days each year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (typically late September/October), a large portion of the country’s population eat exclusively vegan foods in observation of the Chinese cleansing festival known … read the full post

Oct 15 2012

Review: Sky Train Jazz Club, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

A more gritty cityscape than your average rooftop bar

Are you a little bit hipster? Do you want to show off to your friends that you know somewhere to drink in Bangkok that’s off the beaten track? Can’t afford a 300 baht cocktail but fancy a bit of al fresco drinking? Then Sky Train Jazz Club is for you. Contrary to its name, Sky … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Bangkok’s Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park: Keeping Bangkokians sane since 1920.

Fantastic green spaces are found in many Southeast Asian cities. Hanoi has West Lake, Singapore boasts Bukit Timah and Chiang Mai is graced by Doi Suthep to name a few. Yet only Bangkok’s Lumpini Park rubs shoulders with London’s St James Park and New York’s Central Park among the world’s best centrally located urban parks. … read the full post

Oct 07 2012

Bangkok’s Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Published by under Bangkok excursions

Hey! What's in those things?

Set in a leafy locale out in Thonburi‘s western reaches, Khlong Lat Mayom boasts a colourful atmosphere and some outstanding food in a market that’s popular among locals but little known to tourists. Like the markets at Bang Nam Phueng and Bang Khla, just to name a couple, Khlong Lat Mayom sprang up only in … read the full post

Oct 04 2012

Review: The Nest, Bangkok

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Hole yourself up in this comfortable high rise bar

Typically, the purpose of a rooftop bar is to experience the cool breeze of the heady heights of the 66th (or another ridiculously high) floor and enjoy incredible cityscapes. Bangkok’s Nest, the rooftop lounge at Le Fenix Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, doesn’t really offer much fresh breeze, nor views. Okay, so there is definitely … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Is it cheaper to book hotels and guesthouses in Thailand with Agoda?

Published by under Money & costs

That saved $100 gave us an extra two days on the beach. :)

Over the past couple of weeks I stayed at eight hotels and guesthouses on Phuket in Thailand — at Nai Yang and Surin beaches in the north and Phuket Town to the south. For seven of the eight, I booked at least one night through Agoda with an average night costing 838 baht net. Did … read the full post

Sep 21 2012

Photos of Bangkok’s Asiatique

Published by under Shopping

Welcome to Asiatique

We’ve written before on Bangkok‘s riverside Asiatique shopping extravaganza, but on a recent visit to the city we had the opportunity to spend a late afternoon and evening wandering the alleys, sampling the snackies and soaking up the Chao Phraya scenery. All in all, it’s a bit of a gentrified Chatuchak market. The laneways are … read the full post

Sep 19 2012

Noodle shops of Khlong Bang Luang artist village

Published by under Food

Not your average pad Thai.

One of Bangkok’s best kept secrets, Khlong Bang Luang artist village on the Thonburi (west) side of the Chao Phraya inspires visitors with a relaxed, artsy canal-side atmosphere and daily shadow puppet shows. Yet the leafy alleyways surrounding the artist house are half of the draw, and a few of the neighbourhood’s fantastic noodle shops … read the full post

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